Create an AFib-Friendly Home
Did you know that your environment plays a key role in how well you manage your condition? Of course, a person who stocks his refrigerator with healthy options rather than junk food has a much greater likelihood of eating healthier. He’s created an environment where the healthier choice is the easier choice.
In the same way, there are many opportunities where you can structure your home environment to be a place that supports your healthy living choices and helps you manage your AFib for the best possible outcome.
- Your bedroom can improve your ability to have a restful sleep.
- You can build in opportunities to reduce your stress.
- You can make it as easy as possible to take and monitor any medications that may be prescribed for you.
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Many issues related to AFib may be outside of your control, but there are some ways you can reduce your risks that may even reduce your experience of AFib symptoms. A person’s environment can either increase or decrease your likelihood for making consistently healthy choices. The good news is that by being intentional and creating room in your life for healthy habit development, you can help set yourself up for not only making overall healthy choices, but also for managing your AFib well.
What do I need to know about the relationship between sleep and AFib? Plain old snoring can get a little annoying, especially for someone listening to it. But when a snorer repeatedly stops breathing for brief moments, it can be worrisome for those listening and it may also provide an important clue about a problem that should be addressed.
Creating Routines for Heart-Healthy Sleep Habits Although it may surprise you, for some people, getting good sleep can go a long way to lessen the AFib burden and reduce the number of atrial fibrillation flare ups you have.
What’s the connection between AFib and stress? The “triggers” for AFib episodes are still being investigated, but stress is likely to play a role for some people. Research suggests that approximately 54% of people who have intermittent or come-and-go episodes of AFib point to psychological stress as their most common trigger (source).
Are there any options for do-it-yourself monitoring? While most people on warfarin or Coumadin® go to an anticoagulation clinic to monitor and test their blood’s clotting time, some people are able to do their own testing and monitoring from home. People who do so may feel a greater sense of control and ability to take part in managing their own care. This option is especially valuable for people who maintain a full schedule, enjoy traveling, or have other reasons that make it difficult to get to the clinic. The need for testing and monitoring at home only applies to people taking warfarin or Coumadin® for stroke risk reduction using anticoagulation medication; NOACs do not require testing.